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Butler County Community College
901 S. Haverhill Road
3uilding 100, Room 104
:l Dorado, Kansas 67042
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Find out who those kids on campus
are and what they are doing driving
around in little red buggies.
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Get the insight on the living
arrangements of students and
what it costs to keep them
Peek at Butler's fall sports: from
golf to football, and the inside
scoop on the new
assistant basketball coach. X2
A Glimpse at Harvey
Behind the scenes of Harvey.
a play by Mary Chase,
directed by Dean Larry Qr\
Trends and Fashions
Check out the do's and don'ts
of Butler County's
campus fashions. Q A
From speeding tickets to weather
hazards, students make their college
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best interest, which makes it a family
"I wish all children had the
opportunity to go to a daycare facility like
the EduCare Center," said Lori
Winningham, Dean of Behavioral Sciences.
The EduCare Center provides an
enriched curriculum to facilitate social
growth, language development, large and
small muscle development, and cognitive
growth in math, science, music and art. It is
based on developmental^ appropriate
practices (DAP) for young children.
Children learn by enjoying hands-on
activities and experiencing their
"My daughter likes the structure of
the day," said Winningham. "She can't wait
to go see her friends and participate in the
activities at the center."
The center provides childcare
services to BCCC students, faculty and
staff, and community members. Priority is
given to full-time needs. Approximately 130
children are in the center. Ages range from
two weeks to 12 years old.
Andy Winningham makes a spaceship out of Legos. The Legos come with
diagrams for the children to build off of.
BCCC students have an incentive
in taking their children to the center.
"Students from the college receive
a discount," said Lisa Byfield, director.
"Faculty received a discount too before the
board voted it down."
Part of the Social Rehabilitation
Services (SRS) grant money that the center
receives provides children transportation
for a variety of exciting field trips.
The EduCare Center is a state-of-
the-art childcare facility. It is funded by
children's tuition, donations, grants
(including SRS block grants) and college
funds. It is also a teaching lab for the Early
Childhood Education Program.
Winningham said that a hands-on
lab is a better way for the students to learn.
The EduCare Center is a working
classroom for college students studying in
childcare, development and teaching. This
type of classroom technique is excellent
for the children, ensuring that there is
always plenty of help on hand for nurturing
and encouraging socialization skills. As for
the staff at Butler, they feel this type of
hands-on training involves some of the
best childcare, teaching and child
development techniques in the state.
"There are a variety of teachers at
the center," said Byfield. "We have students
who are on work scholarship, federal work
study, regular student workers, subs,
teacher assistants and leave teachers."
As a dean, Winningham gets to
know the teachers a little bit better.
"I've had bad experiences with
childcare in the past," said Winningham. "I
chose the EduCare Center because it was
new, and it was so clean and nice
compared to the other centers I've used.
It's good to know that on my lunch hour I
can go over there and rock my eight month
old if he isn't feeling well."
Age group and grade level divide
the children. The center has its own
preschool and kindergarten.
Though the center stands today, it
took dedication and a lot of persuasion to
get the board to accept the proposal.
Sommers said Judy Carney in the
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class spent their
time on the toddler
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Cade /-/t)fc)y (left) gives Kade Koltiska (right) a push on the swings.
grant office helped the EduCare Center
out of some tough times when taking the
grants to the Board of Trustees.
"It took 15 years to convince the
college that they wanted this," said
Sommers. "We went to the board and
wrote grants, but we were constantly
turned down, sometimes unanimously."
Not only is the center a dream
come true, but it is every child's dream.
The fun atmosphere on the outside just
gets better on the inside of the center.
When it comes to
decorating your dorm
room, using pictures
becomes a cheap
and easy way to
furnish the walls.
Story by Rachel Julius
Finding a Place to Stay
Housing comes in a variety of ways for students. Get a glance of your fellow classmates
In the last five years, the number of students
wanting to live in the dorms has reached an all-time
high. With only 295 beds and well over 400
applications, it was hard to turn down students
While many students found it easy to get into
the dorms, others found it rather difficult.
'The last five years we have had an annual waiting
list for the dorms," said President Jackie Vietti.
The only possible solution to the problem would be to
build more dorms.
"We are aware that it (lack of rooms in the dorms) is
an issue and are actively seeking solutions," said Vietti.
"My roommate, Lanetta Cross (Derby freshman), and
Unless you eat off of paper plates, washing dishes is a
fact of life for students living in apartments.
I were pretty lucky," said Michelle Darling, also a
Derby freshman. "We had no problem getting in,
no waiting list."
The other problem posed when getting into
the dorms was the expenses. Setting aside the
cost of the dorms, students have to pay extra for
phone lines, snack food, laundry and any
decoration they choose to have in the dorms.
"It's about $1 ,200 for room and board per
semester plus $400-500 for extras such as food,
laundry and entertainment," says Darling.
Other alternatives to staying in the dorms are
renting an apartment, finding a home to rent or
possibly finding a family who would take you in.
Many who have found an apartment say it is a
lot better than dorm life because there is more
Casey Cherryholmes, an Augusta freshman,
found it easy to rent an apartment.
"I think it is a lot easier to stay in an apartment
because you become more independent and
have more freedom," said Cherryholmes.
The monthly payments for El Dorado
apartments usually range from $200 or more a
month. Not only do students have to worry about
monthly bills but also food and entertainment
"I spend about $100 for extras each month-
that's not including internet access and cable," said
Cherryholmes. "I have to work two jobs to keep up
payment on the apartment."
In one case, Joe Youngblood, an Emporia
freshman, could not get into the campus dorms
because there were no rooms available. Instead,
he found an ad in the newspaper from a family
asking for two college students who were looking
for a place to live.
"The couple has kids who are away at college
and they wanted to rent out their kids' two rooms to
Essential necessities are a part of everyday life. Whether
it be contact solution, soap, or hairspray, you can usually
find it around the sink in the dorm rooms.
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students attending Butler County," said Youngblood.
"The family takes care of food, bills and laundry. They also
provide entertainment such as cable TV and internet access. But
they do require $455 a month."
Whether you are staying in the dorms, an apartment, or
commuting from home, each place comes with a set of rules.
At Shannon Plaza Apartments normal rules and regulations
apply to all residents. A quiet environment is required in order to
"I never have trouble sleeping at night because the noise level is
never loud," said Burlington freshman Joya Cleveland. "You run
the risk of getting kicked out if you are too loud."
So when it comes time to go home hunting, whether it be for a
house, apartment, or dorm, keep your options open, stick to your
budget, and hopefully you'll find your home sweet home.
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A bedroom gives insight to a person's
personality and what they like. Bedrooms are a
place to escape when life gets tough.
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From the Persian Gulf to
New mens Assist Ant coAch has coves ep the basketball map fkom New
Mexico to the Unxtep ArAb Emirates
^^^^ asketball has been Earl
yDiddle's ticket. His ticket to
^f success after difficult
beginnings and his ticket to
Diddle is the new assistant coach for
the Grizzly men's program. His assignment
for the previous year - Olympic coach for
the United Arab Emirates, an oil-rich
country in the Persian Gulf - was the last
stop on a basketball map that has taken
him across the country and the world. It is
also a journey that has brought him in
contact with some of the biggest names in
the sport. His desire to be closer to his
three adult daughters and his friendship
with new Butler County head coach Dennis
Helms brought him here.
"I always wanted to be a coach," said
the personable Diddle. He even refers to it
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as a "calling."
"I had influential coaches from fourth
grade through high school," he pointed out.
Diddle's basketball resume looks like a
"Who's Who" of the sport: Head coach at
Eastern New Mexico for ten years (1988-
1998), with a win over the University of
New Mexico in their famed arena, "The Pit";
assistant at Indiana State (1979-1985) to
Bill Hodges (Diddle was on the bench when
the Sycamores finished as NCAA runner up
in 1979 with Larry Bird); and the youngest
5-A high school coach ever in the state of
Ohio at East Liverpool, his alma mater.
His other stays on the basketball map
include head coaching stints at Panhandle
State University in Oklahoma (1985-1988),
assistant coach at Wabash Valley College
in Mount Carmel, III. (1978-1979), head
coach and athletic director at Kent State
Regional Campus in East Liverpool (1973-
1977) and graduate assistant at Tennessee Tech
All this after Diddle was an outstanding high school
athlete in East Liverpool, graduating in 1968 and later
earning induction into his high school Hall of Fame. He
played hoops for a year at a junior college in Kentucky
and then it was on to Ashland University in Ohio, where
he played for
legendary coach Bill
Musselman, now an
assistant with the
graduated with a
degree in Health
Education in 1972
and his coaching
the head man at his
old high school after
that year as a grad
He said his stay was enjoyable, playing before big
crowds, but it was also very difficult, due to his young
age (23 when he started). There is no substitute for
experience, he added, and it was tough to go home.
But his coaching appetite had been whetted, and he
was ready for more. Coaching had been his lifelong
goal, his passion.
His coaching trail is marked with experience with
some of the top names in basketball -- Musselman,
Hodges, Bird, John Chaney, Abe Lemons, Dennis
Rodman. The list goes on and on.
During his coaching time in Oklahoma, his teams
played against Lemons when the former University of
Texas head man was coaching at Oklahoma City U.,
during his second stay there.
He also coached against Southeastern Oklahoma
Rodman was on
"He had 21
points. He did the
things that stood
out in basketball.
He was what we
call a 'range
could go outside his
body plane to
"They beat us by
three to go to the
took the young
coach under his wing and earned an ardent admirer.
He gave young Diddle plenty of advice.
"John is a true warrior," Diddle said, calling the long-
time Temple coach a "blue collar" type who has his
Coaching's hold on Diddle is even more
understandable when you look at his childhood.
Diddle grew up living in a hotel on the banks of
the Ohio River in East Liverpool. His mother was
married five times. The hotel housed a rough crowd.
"By age nine I had a Ph.D. in life," Diddle said.
He even goes as far as to label his life in the hotel
"a great experience."
Diddle shined shoes and sold newspapers on the
corner growing up. By the time he returned to East
Liverpool as a coach, his niche in the world was set,
and it was not to be an easy one.
"As coach (at East Liverpool), I could not afford to
not be successful.
"I knew what the hotel meant, what Vietnam meant,
what the steel mill meant. I didn't want any of those
things if I could help it."
But any pressure he's put on himself in his
coaching years has been tempered by his early
experiences. Nothing bothers him too much after what
could be described as a tough childhood.
hat does not mean he's not intense.
References to his coaching philosophy
pepper his conversation.
"You are only who you are and that's who you've
got to be. You have to be a leader and you have to
have accountability, though. Sometimes you have to
say hard things to people and be blatantly honest. It
can't be this 90s approach of I'm O.K., you're O.K.'
There's a scoreboard and a results. That makes all
the difference in the world."
Diddle thinks you do best when you have passion
for what you do. He says he enjoys coaching
regardless of his successes or failures.
"I never thought I had to get anywhere. I've found
striving more exciting than the arrival. It's the
"Losing is instant reality and winning is very fleeting."
This from a man who has a career coaching record
of 294-203 (.591).
"Players hang on to things. And you have to put
things behind you very, very quickly. Because you're
only as good as your last game.
"The key is getting started. You never stop getting
"Because not many people have jobs, like a North
Carolina or a Kentucky, that perpetuate themselves.
"You have to have energy every day. The lifeblood
of college basketball is recruiting good student-athletes
and that takes energy."
iddle had that long stay at Eastern New
Mexico, finishing with a record of 156-124,
including a win at New Mexico in front of
The ENMU Greyhounds finished 23-7 in 1992-93
and were one win from qualifying for the NCAA Division
II Elite Eight tournament, losing to Washburn of Kansas.
Diddle saw the United Arab Emirates job as an
opportunity, where he enjoyed success on the court and
a fine lifestyle off it.
He said UAE was a "sinfully rich" country, with horse
and camel racing among the popular sports, along with
beautiful golf courses. He lived across from a tennis
club and had a nice place to stay and a good salary,
which he did not care to disclose.
His squad included a 6-1 1 and a 6-10 player with
many "older" squad members, not unlike European
teams. They finished eighth in the Asian Games, their
highest placing ever in that event. They were in
Thailand for a month for the Asian Games, and the stay
included the country's biggest win ever, a 76-72 defeat
of Japan. He said he found the Thai people "among
the nicest in the world."
Once a month, Diddle would meet with his bosses in
Abu Dhabi, the capital, and things were running
smoothly. But, he feared, if he stayed too long he
might not end up coming back to the United States and
that pained him.
He really enjoys being back in America, nearer his
three daughters, and likes being around the people of
Kansas. He was able to attend daughter Bethany's
graduation in May from New Mexico State, where she
was All Big West in volleyball. She now is working on a
master's at Florida International University in Miami.
Another daughter, Colby, is a model in New York City
and his third daughter, Brooke, attends Newbury
College in Boston.
Diddle liked the adventurous life he was leading, but
said three words come to his mind upon his return:
"God bless America."
He likes the work environment at Butler and the
challenges of the Jayhawk Conference.
"People have been very nice here," Diddle said,
"and I appreciate that."
Grizzly assistant Earl Diddle is
enjoying coaching in the United
States after guiding the Olympic
team from the United Arab
Emirates. Diddle has coached
among some of the biggest names
in basketball, from Larry Bird to
Dennis Rodman. He had a long
stay at Eastern New Mexico
before going overseas.
New mens heAd basketball co^c^ 'Tennis
Helms hAs Am impressive resume, including
EXPERIENCE AT MANY LEVELS QF COACHING,
And will be Profiled in the next issue of
The grizzly. We wanted to interview him
After the basketball season was underway.
His coaching record stands At 4-(d(~(^1-
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Accomplishments include ii conference
story by Sofia Talavera
REACHED IRE TOP
Sophomore Lance Stegman of Lyons, Kan., nabs a pass for a touchdown
against Independence. Photo by Michael Mueller
As of mid September, the Grizzlies are ranked first in the
country. Butler lost 19 starters off of last year's team, so the
Grizzlies will have to work extra hard to keep their ranking. So far,
this young team has managed to defy the odds as they continue to
dominate the fields once again. They began their season in Miami,
Okla., against Northeastern Oklahoma University (NEO), beating
them 27-14. The Grizzlies scored 18 points in the fourth quarter.
Head Football Coach James Shibest was shocked at how well the
team had played, especially with the team being so inexperienced.
The Grizzlies' game against Independence Community College
could be classified as a runaway. The Grizzlies came away with a
The most intense game of the season as of press time was
against the No. 2 ranked team in the country, the Coffeyville
"This is the biggest game of the year," quarterback Daniel
Cobb of Marietta, Ga. said before the game. "There is a lot of
pressure because it's the biggest game in the country for
community colleges. We have a lot to prove. We have major holes
to fill, but we have the talent to make it happen."
Coffeyville had control, having possession for 40 1/2
minutes and running 88 plays compared to Butler's 49. The
Grizzlies came back after being behind 17-7 at halftime to win 26-
"When we're down that's when we preach about adversity,"
Coach Shibest said. "They don't give up and they continue to play
hard, no matter what the score is. When you play hard it creates
your own luck."
Their victory against Coffeyville earned them top ranking in
With a 3-0 record the Grizzlies played the Hutchinson
Dragons. The Grizzlies took the game 38-7. Sophomore Rudi
Johnson of Colonial Heights, Va. rushed for two touchdowns.
"The defense is stepping up and the offense is showing a
lot of leadership," sophomore offensive lineman Mike Bowers of
Kansas City, Kan. said. "We're not sneaking up on anybody, we're
From top to bottom: The Grizzlies worked hard to
be highly ranked. This is just one of the many drills the
Grizzlies practiced to keep them on their toes;
Freshman Chavez Donnings of Tallahassee, Fla.
charges through the defensive line. He breaks through
to give the Grizzlies an early start to victory; Coach
takes time out to congratulate a lineman on a job well
done. "Defense and offense are showing a lot of
maturity, " said Shibest; Sophomore Sam Breeden of
Hamlett, N.C. catches a pass in the Hutchinson game.
The Grizzlies went on to win 38-7. Photos by Sofia
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Story and Photos by ^^F
The Butler team practices six days a week in the
extreme heat, rain, wind or shine, for at least 18
holes at a time. While doing this they also
manage to make 3.0 GPA's.
Por those of you who think
rtiat golf is nothing but a
bunch of old men chasing a
small white ball across miles
of lush green grass, think again. The Butler
men's golf team is hardly old, and they
don't chase the ball, they dominate it.
These eight men play in two seasons, fall
and spring, and competitively play a total of
452 holes all year. Stereotypical jocks,
these men are not; while juggling practice
and tournaments, every last one of them
manages to make at least a 3.0 grade point
average. Out of the 20 years Coach Felix
Adams Jr. has coached the team, Butler
has made it to nationals 16 times. Scott
Sayre, Augusta freshman, placed first
The players' practice scores during the week determine who gets to play in
the upcoming tournament, and who is merely going to watch. Andy Payne,
Topeka sophomore, lines up his shot at Terradyne Country Club.
individually in their first designated tournament in Ark City Sept. 2-3
with a combined total of 145; Travis Hurst, Erie sophomore, earned
second place with a combined total of 147. In their second
tournament in Dodge City Sept. 16-17, Hurst placed first individually
with a combined total of 138. "It puts a little more pressure on me
knowing that a couple of schools are looking at me," says Hurst.
"Every day I know I have to go out and play good because it's what
people expect from me."
Perhaps the Butler team can make the trip to nationals a
17th time. " When you have a winning team, your best competition
is within the team, and this is what I'm seeing this year," said
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Story and Photos by Rachel Julius
With a new fulltime coach, three returning players
and several new recruits, the season started off
on a bumpy road for the Butler volleyball team.
Struggling with losses has been frustrating not
only for the team but for the coach as well.
In the first match against Dodge City the girls started off
rough by losing 4-15. The second match brought some hope when
the girls defeated Dodge 15-9. But, in the last match, the girls were
After losing to Dodge City, the Grizzly girls went up against
Pratt. In the first game the girls were only two points (14-16) away
from winning the match. In the second game, the girls were once
again defeated 7-15.
In the games against Hutchinson, the girls started off well,
winning 15-10. In the second and third matches, Hutchinson came
back to win both.
Congratulating each other
on a point, the Grizzly
girls show that working
together is an important
part of being a team.
each other helps lift the
spirits of the team.
Getting ready to receive a serve from
Pratt, Grizzly girls get set. Being ready is a vital
part of every game.
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Elwood P. Dowd has a friend, an
imaginary friend Harvey, a six and a half
foot tall rabbit. When Elwood starts to
introduce Harvey to guests at an important
dinner party, it pushes his sister Veta over
the edge. When she decides that she has
seen as much of his eccentric behavior as
she can stand, she decides to have him
committed to a sanitarium to spare her
daughter, Mertle Mae, and their family
from future embarrassment. The plot
thickens, however, when Veta herself is
thought to be psychotic. The doctors then
commit Veta instead of Elwood, but when
the mistake is realized, the search for
Elwood and his invisible companion
begins. Elwood then shows up back at
the sanitarium looking for his lost friend
Harvey. It seems that Elwood's delusion
has had a strange effect on Doctor
Chumley. Only after all of this, does Veta
realize that maybe she can live with
Harvey after all.
The play "Harvey" was directed
by Mr. Larry Patton, Butler's very own
Dean of Fine Arts. Although Dean
Patton enjoys directing plays, this is the
first time in three years that he has had
the chance to direct. "As dean, I don't
get the chance to teach or direct due to
my other commitments. With this play,
though, I made time because this is a
show that I really wanted to do." There
were two professional actors involved.
Bob Peterson played Elwood P. Dowd,
and Michele Banks played Elwood's
sister, Mrs. Veta Louise Simmons.
These professionals worked very
closely with the students in order to
provide the less experienced actors with
some insight into what it takes to make
a truly successful production.
"As I've told many others, this
has been an enjoyable group to work
with and also a hard working one," said
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set. The set for the play Harvey was no
different. Harvey's set took five weeks of
intense work; every week day since the
second day of classes.
Many people contributed to the play and
worked behind the scenes and do not
receive the recognition of the actors on
These people include the stage crew, which
is comprised of 13 people. Their job is to
build the set, and make it as believable as
Then there is the production crew, which
is made up of four people that work with the
lighting, sound and props, and the deck
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Props Tammy Lewis
Sound Operator ..Tammy Sommerhauser
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Bob Peterson as Elwood P. Dowd, relaxing against the mantel, inspects the painting of himself with Harvey.
Dean of Humanitiies
and Fine Arts Larry
Patton, and director
of the play, Harvey.
The guys at Butler sport baseball caps, blue jeans and sweatshirts. You can never go wrong with this
combo in the fall.
In today's fast growing world, it's
hard to keep up with fashion economics.
What was in style yesterday could become
today's joke and tomorrow's example of
what not to wear in the future. Oftentimes
styles make their way back around to
With the end of summer and the
beginning of fall, new trends are being
spotted everywhere on campus. Students
around Butler are being recognized for their
trends, whether they are perfecting a
combination of a chunky sweater with jeans
or an outfit pieced together effortlessly.
Students know what they want and how to
"As we move into the next
millenium, the rules are changing," says
Brooks Brother's designer Jarlath Mellett in
the September issue of Vogue Magazine.
"Fashion shouldn't dictate but be a way to
There is nothing unwise about
buying the newest trends but you should
keep in mind that you will not be wearing
them forever. That hardest part of looking
stylish is trying to guess when what is in will
turn to what's out. There is no successful
way to predict the life span of a trend, so
So, with that in mind, instead of
looking at the next Glamour Magazine, take
a look around campus to find trends on
what's hot and what's not.
The fashion police are out. Read on
to find what's hot and what's not in
this season's campus trends.
■ Wear sweaters. With fall
comes cold weather. You
can be warm and stylish at
the same time.
■ Try to stay comfortable.
Loose sweaters and cotton
pants are a trend for any
■ Continue wearing plaid.
Plaid is a craze that will
never go out of
■ Skirts come
in a variety of
the knee to
ankle and are
■ Get sports
wear. It's playful
■ Mix black and brown.
Black doesn't look good
with just anything. Try to
■ Wear hats that can be
mistaken for someone's
pet. Furry hats can almost
be confused with a badly
dyed toupee. Baseball and
fishing hats are more
■ Wear socks with
■ Some styles do get
tiresome after a while.
Keep up to date and don't
be afraid to change.
Stopping a Butler student, Kansas Highway Patrolman Second Lieutenant
Joe Bott gives a warning for speeding. Photo by Lindsey Thorpe
With the lack of housing space on
campus, many students either stay in
nearby houses or apartments. Most,
however, commute from nearby
the Kansas Turnpike, Interstate 35. Though
Highway 254 will get you to El Dorado, the
turnpike is a quicker, more efficient route
for most students to take. Chances are, if
you are a student who commutes, you have
seen cars marked with the same purple
Butler parking sticker as the one on your
left bottom rear windshield or bumper,
headed towards the same destination.
You may also have noticed some
of your fellow classmates or worse,
yourself, being pulled over by, you guessed
it, a Kansas State Trooper. Fact is, many
students do speed on their commute to and
from school. However, in a recent ride-
along with Kansas Highway Patrolman
Second Lieutenant Joe Bott, I found that it
would be wise to slow it down.
Contrary to popular belief, state
troopers are monitoring the turnpike more
Each weekday, many students
attending the Butler campus in El Dorado
make their way to and from school using
than ever. "There are a set number of
troopers on the turnpike at all times," said
2nd Lt. Bott.
"Three shifts rotate and provide for
Most troopers monitor speeds from a radar unit
while driving, not from a stationary position. According
to 2nd Lt. Bott, there are four ways to verify the speed of
a car with a radar gun. The first way is by visual
observation. "Usually, I can tell if
a car is speeding just by the way
it moves compared to the other
cars," said 2nd Lt. Bott.
Secondly, the radar makes a high
pitched noise. The higher the
pitch is, the higher the speed of
added to the ticket. The current court cost is $46.
Excessively high speeds can result in additional
charges. It is a judgment call on the trooper's part to
charge someone with reckless driving.
"In order to charge someone with driving
recklessly, they have to be knowingly and willingly
breaking the law and even putting others in danger,"
said 2nd Lt. Bott. "If someone is going 100 mph in
and out of traffic, I would definitely charge them with
State troopers are not beyond giving tickets
for violations other than speeding. According to 2nd
Next, the trooper will look at the
radar reading for the targeted car, and
lastly, that speed is compared to that of
the trooper's to ensure an accurate
Troopers do have a radar in the
rear of their cars so do not think you are
in the clear just because you are speeding Lmdse y Thorpe
behind a trooper.
Besides the radar gun, state troopers can clock
your speed with a certified stopwatch. Some troopers
prefer the stopwatch to the radar because it gives an
average speed for a given distance.
Tickets can be costly and are put on your
permanent record, as some students find out the hard
way. Ticket prices are set by statute, meaning a law has
been passed making the prices permanent. However,
the court cost, an additional charge that may vary, is
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Trooper cars can be spotted on the turnpike all day
every day monitoring the road for safety. Photo by
Lt. Bott, the top
three violations on
the turnpike are:
under the influence
can be considered
driving too closely, improper lane changes and
numerous other moving violations.
Driving in bad weather conditions is a primary
concern for commuting students. According to 2nd Lt.
Bott, about 75 percent of accidents on the turnpike
are weather related. "I cannot stress enough to
people the importance of slowing it down in bad
weather," said 2nd Lt. Bott, with a look of concern. "In
any adverse weather conditions, it is imperative to
adjust your speed accordingly."
Take a second to
enjoy the scenery
around you on the
road. For many
students, the drive
home can be very
relaxing. Photos by
Another safety hazard is the risk of
hitting an animal such as a deer. Spring
and fall seem to be the seasons in which
deer are on the move the most. Commuting
students should keep an eye out for
animals on the road, especially during the
months of October and May.
What would you do if you had car
trouble on the side of the road? Just about
any law enforcement official will tell you to
not get out of your car and walk. It is illegal
on the turnpike, not to mention dangerous.
The best thing to do is call *KTA if you have
a phone. If a phone is inaccessible, do not
give up hope. "We
frequently get calls
from other drivers
alerting us about
someone with car
trouble," said 2nd
Lt. Bott. More often
than not, an officer
will be on his or her
way to help within a
very short period of
time. If you leave your car, you risk missing
the officer. Bottom line: stay where you are.
So, when it comes to your
commute to class, leave a little early, be
alert and wear you seatbelt. Crank up the
music and enjoy the ride.
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